The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 19TH 1988:

  1. I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
  2. Together Forever – Rick Astley
  3. That’s The Way It Is – Mel And Kim
  4. Stutter Rap – Morris Minor And The Majors
  5. Doctorin’ The House – Coldcut Ft. Yazz And The Plastic Population

I just checked out my original checkbook registers from exactly 30 years ago this week. (Believe it or not I’m still using the exact same checking account today as I did 30 years ago.)

I was certainly a regular customer of Little Caesar’s Pizza back then, and they delivered all day every day to all of the dorms on base (Homestead Air Force Base Florida – where I still work today). I always paid via check, and according to my checkbook register I was a big fan of their two pepperoni pizza-pizzas, crazy bread, and coca colas back then.

 

Nowadays I rarely eat carry-out pizza (from anywhere), and I gave up all carbonated beverages a few years ago. I have eaten Little Caesar’s Pizza a few times over this past year, and it’s good, but I think that it was so much better back in 1988 !

This concludes my 2 blogs this weekend. “Saturday Night Retro” is taking a rest for the next week. I’ll be back with “Sunday Scripture” in 9 days on Sunday June 24TH 2018.

Kellogg’s Honey & Nut Corn Flakes

Saturday January 29TH 2011
Volume 3 / Number 14 / Edition 111

Debuting in the U.S. about 31 years ago in 1980 was this delicious breakfast cereal from Kellogg’s. It was introduced to the market with a successful and long-running advertising campaign complete with its memorable jingle. It was probably one of the last great cereals that I enjoyed eating early in the morning before school. Right about the time that I entered High School I pretty much stopped eating cereal in the morning. It was a matter of time. Every morning I had to wake up, dress, deliver 100+ newspapers all throughout my neighbourhood, get ready for school, and then walk there (about a mile away).

It’s been about 30 years since I last enjoyed a bowl of cereal with milk. I don’t really miss it nowadays since I’ve gone so long without it. But if I bought a box of cereal and a gallon of milk tomorrow then perhaps I may just enjoy it all over again. Or maybe not. It would probably clash with my black coffee.

* Today Honey & Nut Corn Flakes is known simply as Crunchy Nut.

Saturday Night Retro

Saturday November 27TH 2010
Volume 3 / Number 12 / Edition 109

Late last night I returned home to Miami to begin my 24TH year of living here in America’s Riviera. It was a very nice American Airlines flight – due mainly because I sat in First Class. While checking in at the self-service terminal at AA at DFW I was offered the opportunity to upgrade my reservation from coach to First Class for $105. It allegedly included Dinner. After mulling about it for a good half-minute or so I decided to do it. The $105 turned out to be a very good deal for me. As it turns out there is no charge for baggage for First Class passengers. That alone saved me at least $25 – possibly as much as $60 due to the fact that my checked bag weighed 54 pounds (above the standard limit of 50 pounds per bag). I was able to board the aircraft first – a full 40 minutes before takeoff time. I sat in a very comfortable seat in the very first row – right by the window – my favourite place to sit. I enjoyed lots of elbow room on both sides of me and ample leg room in front of me. Earphones were free if I wanted them.

Here’s what else I enjoyed as a First Class passenger – a bowl of hot mixed nuts (absolutely delicious and quite a bit hot), a warm moist towel (to clean off my nutty hands), a (real) glass of Sprite on the rocks, a (real) glass of bottled water, a large salad with blue cheese dressing (delicious), a chicken piccata (pretty good with the dipping sauce provided), white rice (it was OK), mixed vegetables (good), a warm roll with butter (very good), and a nice slice of pie for dessert (surprisingly tasty). All of this was served on real plates and eaten with a real fork and knife and cloth napkin. The meal was unbelievably plentiful and delicious for airline food in 2010. I realize that back in the day airline food was complimentary for everyone, unlimited, and award-winning, but this is an enitrely different era of budget-cutting flying. I was very impressed with it all.

After the nice meal the rest of my First Class flight experience was quite relaxing and comfortable. I could hear what appeared to be an uncomfortable baby crying virtually non-stop throughout the entire flight way back in the coach section, so I was very thankful to be sitting in Seat 1F. You know it !

More perks of First Class flying included the fact that I was the 2ND person to exit the aircraft at MIA after landing, and my suitcase was among the first to appear on the baggage carousel. I returned home less than 90 minutes after my plane landed. My next airplane adventure probably occurs next May.

It was another enjoyable Thanksgiving Week vacation with my family. We actually celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together – a family tradition for the past few years. I’m looking forward to my next trip back to Dallas Texas. Who knew that after watching every single episode of “Dallas” ever made all of those years ago that I’d be visiting the real city and its metroplex. I wouldn’t want to live there, but it’s quite all right to visit the area a few times per year.

Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

I.  It’s approaching 4:30 PM EST on this Tuesday night as I begin compiling these ‘Grab Bag O’ Thoughts’, so that means that in roughly 71 hours my vacation from work begins – and in roughly 92 hours my Carnival cruise vacation begins (the precise moment that I step foot on that gorgeous and spacious luxury cruise ship). Besides sailing away from Port Everglades I’m also looking forward to losing my cell phone signal for more than a week out at sea and out of the country. No cell phones. No telephones at all. No computers. No Internet. No blogging. No radio. Limited television. Now THAT’S what I call paradise !

II.  I’ll also be escaping more chilly El Niño weather aqui a America’s Riviera. Get ready for 2 rather cool days and 2 real cold nights on Wednesday and Thursday with maximum temperatures in the afternoon struggling to reach the mid-60s, and minimum temperatures early in the morning (Thu. and Fri.) dropping all the way down into the lower-40s with wind chills as low as the mid-30s !  Below normal temperatures (day and night) will probably stick around here for at least the next 7 to 10 days. I’ll be venturing out of continental wintertime and straight into the tropical mid-to-upper-80s of Central America next week. DIG !

III.  Super Bowl XLIV is now history (as is the 2009 NFL season), and the New Orleans Saints SHOCKED the Indianapolis Colts in a surprisingly close (and low-scoring) defensive game. There were a lot of offensive yards (as expected), but I was looking for at least 80 points combined. That didn’t happen, but it was still a good game. I think that the NFC has turned the tide and will soon dominate the AFC just like they did during much of the 1980s and 1990s when an NFC team won 15 out of 16 Super Bowls. As for all of the expensive commercials not too many of them stood out as brilliant or even memorable. The most talked-about, most shocking, and certainly most memorable was actually absolutely free. It was the stunning 15-second CBS promo of “The Late Show With David Letterman” featuring Dave, Oprah, and Jay Leno. I couldn’t believe my own four eyes when I saw that one, and I even watched it a few times over and over again via my DVR to see if I could detect any camera trickery involved. It was all for real. That simple 15-second promo made all three talk show titans look great, and it may have just ended a highly-visible and personal 18-year feud.

Be sure to check out my ‘Thursday Night Mini Thoughts’ in less than 48 hours !

Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

I.  I for one am glad that Jay Leno is returning to the venerable “Tonight Show” on NBC-TV. I watched the long-running show for some 27 years or so from 1982 to 2009. I watched the last decade of Johnny Carson and all 17 years of Jay Leno. I was never a fan of Conan O’Brien’s humor or style, so I never even considered watching the show after Jay’s final night last May. I’ve seen every single episode of “The Jay Leno Show” in primetime since it debuted last September, and unlike most fans of Jay Leno I also enjoy watching David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS-TV. I’ve been watching Dave ever since he arrived on the late night scene more than 28 years ago. I learned how to program a Sony Betamax back in the early-1980s for the sole purpose of taping Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live. We used to watch those three shows as a family (Mom, Dad, Brother, Cat) back then. Good Times !

II.  I do declare my first cold of 2010 to be done and over with. I picked-up the cold germs exactly one week ago while I was up in the Jacksonville Florida area. It started with an instant itchy and scratchy throat that eventually became sore, and then all of the rest of the typical cold symptoms followed thereafter – peaking on Friday and Saturday. I took the maximum recommended dosage of Zicam (RapidMelts with Vitamin C) on both of those days, and that pretty much did the trick. I felt much better on Sunday, as I retired the Zicam for my next cold whenever that may be. Looking back on this week-long cold it was minor in comparison to the severe cold that I suffered through just two months earlier. If the severe cold was an Arctic blast invasion of germs then this recent minor cold was a mere cooldown of germs. They came. They went. So long wimpy cold !

III.  I’ve always been a big fan of Domino’s Pizza for as long as I can remember. In fact here in the Homestead / Florida City area there is no other place to get a more delicious pizza than Domino’s as far as I’m concerned. You may disagree with me, and that’s fine. We all have our personal tastes in food. Pizza is one of my favourite foods in the entire world, and I’m generally not too picky about it. I usually keep it simple with one popular topping – pepperoni. If I add other toppings then they must all be meat (sausage, ground beef, ham, bacon, etc.). With their recent ‘reinvention’ of their pizza I think that it tastes even better than ever. It really is worth bragging about ! 

Tuesday Night Grab Bag O’ Thoughts

It’s time to kick it with the final ‘Grab Bag’ of 2009. Let’s rock and roll:

1.  Technology-wise I made GINORMOUS strides in 2009. I ditched analog cable television after nearly 25 years and switched over to AT&T U-verse. That switch included my first experience with a modern DVR; thus, upgrading me from VHS (gasp !) and DVD recording of television shows. It also included my first exposure (believe it or not) with wireless technology. I now have two working computers – a fixed desktop and a roaming wireless laptop. I’ve also got a real nice digital (DECT 6.0) telephone system in place with three handsets scattered around my home. Just last week I bought my very first LCD HDTV set, and I upgraded my AT&T U-verse to enable all of the HD channels. Everything looks sparkling bright and amazingly clear in HD !  That’s a lot of technological change I can believe in for a single year !  What shall 2010 bring me that’s modern, new, and exciting ?  BRING IT ON !

2.  As far as sleek new personal hygiene products are concerned I haven’t been very successful with them in the past. I lost count of how many nose and ear hair trimmers I’ve bought that I used just a few times until I realized that they hardly worked efficiently. So you can imagine my skepticism when I saw ‘The Essential Do-It-Yourself Electric Back Hair Shaver’ from Mangroomer on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond. I bought it this past Sunday morning, and I used it that same afternoon. Let’s just say that for the first time in several years I now have a non-hairy and somewhat smoothly shaved back. It actually feels weird like that – and cool like that at the same time. Thank You Mangroomer for such a spectacular personal hygiene product that I can believe in !

3.  Why is it that the Christmas spirit (the decorations, the cards, the shopping, the gift giving, etc.) seems to begin earlier and earlier each year (right after Halloween it seems), but then it all comes crashing down on the first day after Christmas. I actually know people who took down all of their decorations and threw their Christmas tree out with the garbage on the 26TH of December !  What’s THAT all about ?  Aside from the whole true meaning of Christmas being lost in the first place whatever happened to the “12 Days Of Christmas” ?  They start on Christmas Day (the 1ST day of Christmas) and then continue on through January 05TH (the 12TH day of Christmas). That’s followed by Epiphany on January 06TH. Don’t be a Scrooge. Keep the Christmas spirit alive !

4.  It appears that I’ll be taking a nice long drive up to the Jacksonville Florida area sometime within the next couple of weeks to discuss local real estate conditions with the management company that’s currently managing my newly acquired home up there. I have a lot of critical decisions and corresponding actions to make soon that have a lot of legal and financial ramifications. Hopefully this situation will work out beneficially for me, my parents, and the management company.

5.  It was a cold morning this morning in and around Homestead with 47°F officially at the air base with wind chills deep down into the lower-40s !  Tomorrow morning I’m forecasting a low temperature at 7 AM of perhaps 8°F milder – right around 55°F (still a bit nippy). Our next cold front arrives with a vengeance from the northwest during the day on New Year’s Day – and it’ll be a doozy !  It’ll be the start of an extended cold snap for us that could last for 5 to 7 days with daytime highs stuck in the 60s and nighttime lows deep down into the 40s with even some 30s possible out in the Everglades. Cold weather fans (hello there Ela O.) – you’re gonna love it !

Be sure to check out my ‘Thursday Night Mini Thoughts’ LIVE this New Year’s Eve here on the blog that’s cool like that. You won’t regret it pal !

Monday Night Funnies

TONIGHT I celebrate my 22ND anniversary of living here in America’s Riviera – the Greater South Miami-Dade Florida region. I arrived at (then) Homestead Air Force Base very late at night – in fact it was so late at night that it was actually during the wee early morning hours of the First of December of 1987. Aside from nearly 19 months immediately following the horror and destruction of Hurricane Andrew I’ve been here ever since. I’ll be here for awhile.

In honour of my 22ND anniversary tonight I present to you one of my favourite classic television commercials (from the mid-1960s) that totally brags on this subtropical paradise that I call home known affectionately as America’s Riviera. It makes me laugh every time I see it !

Get ready my friends – it’s time to do the ‘MIAMI GO GO’ ! 

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